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Marc Staimer Published: 19 Oct 2012

This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in their February issue. For more articles of this type, please visit  What you will learn from this tip: Why vendors and users alike are embracing second-wave storage virtualization products.   A new generation of virtualization products, some call it the second wave, are radically reshaping storage infrastructure design. As storage environments become increasingly complex and overwhelming, many organizations are being pushed to the breaking point by the sheer volume of data to be stored and managed, as well as by the increased number of regulations on how data is to be stored, retrieved and protected. Traditional ways of managing storage are proving to be either too expensive or inadequate for the job. Second-wave storage virtualization products address the cost and complexity related to six significant problems, and can usually be cost justified based on their ability to solve one or more of these problems: Managing the volume managers of multiple homogeneous or heterogeneous ... Access >>>

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